vCloud Availability for Cloud-to-Cloud DR-Part 2: POC Deployment

By | 24/09/2018

As discussed in last post, we can configure all roles present in vCAV-C2C in a single appliance for Lab/POC deployment. In my lab I am going ahead with small deployment to have a general understanding of this product before doing distributed deployment.

In my lab I have 2 sites and each site is configured with following components:

1: vSphere/vCenter Server 6.5 U2

2: vCloud Director 9.0

3: VMware NSX 6.3.6

vSphere and vCD is fully configured and Org/Org vDC’s are in place n both sites with external network etc configured. 

Let’s start the deployment with Site-A.

Deployment of VCAV-C2C appliance is straight forward and steps are shown in below slideshow.

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Once appliance deployment completes and it boots up, it will give you information on how to connect to appliance for further configuration.

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Configure vCloud Availability Replicator

To configure vCloud Availability Replicator role, connect to https://VCAV-FQDN:8043 and click on link under Additional Resources

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Login with root credentials set during deployment.

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Change the appliance root password and hit Next.

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Register replicator service with lookup service and hit next.

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Accept lookup service certificate.

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Hit finish to complete the Replicator service configuration.

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Under diagnostics tab make sure everything is showing green.

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Configure vCloud Availability Replication Manager

To configure Replication Manager, connect to https://VCAV-FQDN:8044 and click on link under Additional resources.

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Login via root credentials.

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Navigate to configuration page.

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Goto “Set lookup service” tab and punch in your lookup service address and hit OK.

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Accept lookupservice certificate.

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You will be redirected to main page. Under diagnostics tab make sure everything is green.

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Configure vApp Replication Manager Server

Connect to https://VCAV-FQDN:8046 and click on link under Additional Resources.

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Login with root credentials.

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Provide name and optional description for site and hit Next.

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Register vApp Replication Manager to lookupservice and hit Next.

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Accept lookup service certificate.

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On Setup Manager page, punch in IP of applaince where Replication Manager role is configured. In you are doing a “combined mode” deployment then you can leave this field blank as every role will be configured in same appliance.

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Accept the Manager certificate.

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On Setup vCloud Director page, enter your vcd details and punch in the admin credentials of vCD. Make sure to append /api after vCD-FQDN/IP

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Accept vCD certificate.

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On Summary page, review your settings and hit finish.

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On diagnostics page make sure everything looks green.

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Configure vCloud Availability Portal

To configure vCloud Availability Portal connect to https://vcav-fqdn:5480 and login via root credentials.

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Under Home page, you will see vCD and vApp Replication manager status as red.

To fix this navigate to vApp RM tab.

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Make sure vApp RM Endpoint is set to https://localhost:8046.

Punch in vCD admin credentials and click on connect. If everything is configured correctly so far, you will see the successful connection for vApp RM.

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Click on test button to ensure Test Results shows green. Click on Done to finish the test.

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Once vApp RM connection is successful and test is passed, apply the configuration changes.

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Navigate to Setup Wizard > Database Connection and select  (optional) “Enable reconfiguration” and click on Test button.

Hit Next if DB connect test is successful.

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On Portal Service Configuration page click on Start Service button.

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A new window will popup which shows the progress of service restart. Once configuration is applied and running process status is green, click on Done.

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Navigate back to Home page and verify all server/service status is showing green.

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With this configuration of primary site is completed.

Repeat the same steps for Site-B

And that’s it for this post. In next post of this series I will demonstrate how to replicate vApp/VM’s between 2 vCD sites.

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